Friday, January 19, 2018

Bear-Ly Loved by M. L. Briers & A. B. Lee

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My last day of work has come a gone this week and now with the anticipation of starting a new job next week I am ready to tackle this review.

Bear-ly Loved implies that it is focused on Bonnie and Karl and for the most part it is but there is also Jenny and Bailey. So basically, you have a vampire and a bear who meet Bonnie and Jenny and discover the women are their mates. Granted this makes for a great story but you have two couples not one deciding if they want to be together but you only give one couple the lime light in the blurb, that seems a little unfair, especially when both couples are so totally loveable.

Karl makes me think he would be the perfect teddy bear, he may growl but deep down he is a big old lovable softie. Then there is Bailey and for some strange reason listening to him puts me in mind of Chris Rock being the actor if this story ever became a movie. Then there is the food loving Jenny who needs to decide if she wants immortality with her fun-loving vampire or her life in the big city without her best friend who unfortunately is the one holding the elephant in the story and we will get to that in a second. Jenny would love to see her friend happy a gain and not ruled by fear, I think her desire to see her friend get her life back is commendable but I am also glad she wasn’t the pushy type or I think I would had not liked her.

So, now we come to the character with the elephant in the book, Bonnie, she is running scared thanks to a sick psycho stalker. I am giving Bonnie her own paragraph because I think that the stalking in this story points to a serious issue that many people face in this country and I would like to say for sure that the authors portrayed it well in the story but I have never met a stalking victim so I can not say how accurate they were in the creation of such a victim but did seem like there was effort in creation of Bonnie and her fear of men.

Over all the story line was pretty cohesive and the only real bump in the road for the whole thing were the twelve edits that created some hefty speed bumps in getting to the end, for that reason I am thinking a three star-review is warranted, even though I loved the characters.

I picked this quote because everyone one of my girls would disagree with this statement, especially my daughter, Shanny, who I am convinced believed that coffee could make the world a better place and I positive she would have proven her theory in time if she could.

“Woman cannot live by coffee shop products alone…”—Bonnie

I think my biggest complaint to date about the author’s, M. L. Briers and A. B. Lee, themselves, is their reclusiveness, I mean they don’t even have authors pages. They have gained a following and to be honest I like sharing my reviews with the authors so they know what I came away with from their stories such as if there are too many edits, so that if they like I can share where I found them so they can fix those before I read their book again and potentially also change my opinion based on if the rating was based on the editing issues I found. Am email address or a Facebook page would be a nice way to connect with those of us who love your books, please, shoot, even and Amazon author page we could follow would be wonderful so we could watch for up

Book Cover Rating
I think this cover is a vast improvement on the previoius covers that had just a different colors cover with just the title on it. So even though it does not 100% match the book it is still a better cover then some of their past covers.

Book Blurb Rating
So here is the thing about the blurb, it is about long but is also a bit in accurate because Bear-ly Loved may be focused on Karl and Bonnie however that is not the total focus of this book because there is also the romance between Bailey and Jenny.

Book's Blurb
When he was wrong then he’d say he was wrong, but he was never wrong, and that human female was an idiot.

Karl had done the neighbourly thing and gone over to lend a hand as they moved in. One female was nice and welcoming, and he got the feeling that the other one didn’t like shifters. That was no skin off his nose, until he’d had to rescue her from herself, and he’d taken her scent – a mate – his mate. Somehow he knew that the bad news didn’t end there.

All Bonnie wanted was to be left alone. She’d moved to the middle of nowhere to get away from people after being stalked by a madman. Now she had more trouble than she might have been able to handle in the form of the sex, hot shifter Werebear that lived next door.

Little did Bonnie know that her troubles were only just beginning and maybe that hot bear with a sore head was the only one that could save her.

Join in the fun with an all new white hot sexy werebear as he tries to woo his mate – not kill his snarky vampire sidekick – and save the day.

Published May 10, 2017
Pages 121

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

High Seduction (Adrenaline Search & Rescue #3) by Vivian Arend

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I received ARC for honest review back in 2014 then reverted the post back to draft in 2015 to update and am now finally getting to it my apologies for the delay.

This review was originally posted March 25, 2014.

This was the best kind of book in that I just couldn't put it down which meant that when 5:15 am rolled around the snooze button was my best friend :). I really loved how Erin creatively dealt with idiots using her chopper. I thought Tim's single-minded tenacity and flexibility in achieving his goal was very romantic.

As with all of Vivian's books all the characters in her books are well thought out and never left behind or forgotten as she focuses on the main characters. You see the thought she put into each chapter and scene and she smoothly transitioned from one to the other.

I only found discrepancy in my copy of this ARC and that was on pg 98 where Alisha says that Anders was going with her when he was actually still on the chopper with Erin so I think the character that was actually with her was Tripp as that is where he is on the next page.

I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series then reading this book again.

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LIFELINE: an elite search-and-rescue squad based out of Banff, Alberta. Specializing in high-risk rescue missions, this team goes wherever the job takes them…

As the chopper pilot for the elite Search and Rescue team Lifeline, Erin Tate is used to handling power. Calling the shots in the air is one thing—in the bedroom it leaves her cold. What she wants is a man strong enough to strip away her control.

Paramedic Timothy Dextor has a wildcard reputation, and the dark appetites to prove it. The only thing missing is a woman he can share them with. Landing a position on the Lifeline squad puts his old flame back within reach. He already knows what Erin needs, and this time he’s not letting her go..

But when an emergency throws Erin and Timothy together in ways they hadn’t anticipated, the stakes are raised—on the job and off. Now they’ll both discover the real meaning of control…and the risks that come from falling in love.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lover of My Dreams (Mates of Destiny, Angel Chosen #1) by Lynnette Bernard

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I have read every one of Lynnette Bernard's books and some of them more than once and I will read them again undoubtedly and after reading this book I can honestly say that she has a huge imagination. However, this book took me a month to read and I want to say that unfortunately it was too easy to put down and take break to go read another book. Which makes it hard to decide on a rating, even if I did keep coming back to this very sweet and out the Lynnette Bernard's box story.

This book not like her normal style of writing which I think show cases her talent with only a couple minor things that bothered me about the book. Too start with, I want to say the word "Tender" in any form was way over used and that in some key spots I felt that the passion, that I know Lynnette can write, got lost and I just didn't get that emotional wave of what the character was feeling when your picturing the characters or the scenes of a book. The best parts of this book where the passion was there were at the beginning (the attack) and then the scene with Alison in the camp ground, the later being so intense I could not help but cry.

This story had about the same amount of action going on in the bedroom but less graphic language (no F-bombs and such) compared to her other books.

I do like how thought out each of the characters were, even Jerod, Kay and the Fletcher's had their quirks, which doesn't always happen with minor characters. Edwin McCoy could be the poster parent for why some parent should be licensed to become parents. And being a Trekky I have to I love the name Sam McCoy and that the reference was used ;)

I will most likely read this book again because it is a worthy read even with its minor imperfections.

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I do like the cover but I am not entirely sure how it ties into the book in away that fits the story line.

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Book's Blurb
Childhood friends, Sam, Rachel, and Roy, were inseparable--three lost souls who protected each other. When Sam's father threatened their futures, Rachel did what she had to do in order to protect them all. She left. Ten years later, Rachel Williams retreats to the quiet of the Colorado mountains. She needs isolation from the outside world to heal from a brutal date attack. Sam McCoy has had it with socially elite women--especially his ex-fiancée. He needs to go back to the mountains and create a home, complete with a baby or two. When Rachel is injured, Sam is there to take care of her. He loves the way she defies him, makes him laugh, and makes him need. A future with her would be filled with love and babies. Angelic dreams help Sam and Rachel know they're fated to be together, despite the interference of others. It will be up to Roy and his wife Paulette to help nudge fate along.

Published May 19, 2014
Publisher Siren Publishing
Pages 420

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